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Opinion: Would "Noprivacyville" Save Money?


March 23, 2011

In his Dilbert.com blog, Scott Adams explores plans by auto insurers to give drivers the option of letting their driving habits be tracked via GPS devices to reward "safe driving situations" with lower rates, extrapolating such an idea to the creation of the city of "Noprivacyville," where personal privacy would be exchanged to "save 30 percent on basic living expenses and live in a relatively crime-free area," for example. While the idea of completely abandoning privacy is not appealing, he suggests, "I'm just curious what sort of price, in economic terms, and in convenience and in social benefits, we pay for our privacy. My guess is that it's expensive."
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